The province responds to news of threats of violence against an organizer of an anti-racism car rally on Vancouver Island.
The threats forced the postponement of Resilience BC’s anti-racism network rally in Nanaimo and Ladysmith.
Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, released a statement saying the threats are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“I condemn the behavior of these people in the strongest possible way and offer my support to the employees and organizers of the auto rally and all of their community partners,” she said.
“This incident is further proof of why it is so important that we continue to oppose racism and discrimination, which has increased in our province during the pandemic.”
“We need to come together as a society to speak out against racism and show our support for Nanaimo and Ladysmith and other communities in the province that are experiencing racism,” added Singh.
“We will all benefit from living in a society that is free from hatred and discrimination.”
Singh says that on the occasion of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we “must also recognize the effects that systemic racism, discrimination and intergenerational trauma continue to have on indigenous peoples.”
“We must continue to work in partnership with indigenous communities to advance reconciliation and build a more equitable and inclusive British Columbia for generations to come.”
Singh said these threats of violence did not scare or intimidate us into submission and only strengthen our resolve.
When this anti-racism car rally takes place, I will show my support by attending the event, âshe added.
âOur government stands by everyone in our province who is faced with racism. If you witness or become a victim of a hate crime, I recommend reporting it to your local authority or contacting Resilience BC’s anti-racism network for assistance. “
For more information on what to do if you see hate crimes or fall victim to hate crime, please visit: www.resiliencebc.ca